We've all seen those slimy green
scums on ponds, lakes, or pools.
They're called algae. And they
stubbornly occur in water -- the
one place in a landscape that
shouldn't look green. But what are
algae? Where did they come from?
What kind of damage can they do?
Are they really that bad?
A POND OR WATER FEATURE CAN be a striking addition to any landscape. It can be sized to fit both the smallest lot and the smallest budget, or built to dwarf an average swimming pool. The problem with ponds is that they're sometimes put in the wrong location.
Chic Kelty will be the first to admit that if he had the chance to do it over again, he would do some things differently. On the other hand, maybe it was because of these life experiences that Kelty is where he is today.
Its been many years since I started working in the pond industry. Many things have been learned and expanded upon, making this market a fast growing, money making, and fun part of doing a landscape project.
If you're in the green industry, it
won't be a secret if I say that ponds
are hot. As a testimonial to the
legitimacy of the ponds phenomena,
USA Today (July 11, 2003
issue) declared 'water features/ponds and decks' to be the two
things that homeowners would
most like to add to their homes.
How many times have your customers told you that they've always dreamed
of having a pond in their backyard? Uh . . . wait a minute, now let's
review that. Did they say pond or did they actually say, 'I've always
dreamed of having a waterfall in my backyard'?
No homeowner wants to look out
their window and see green or tea-colored
water in their backyard
pond. This is why creating a
healthy, low-maintenance ecosystem
is so important to any contractor
who installs water features.
Women in Landscaping
ALTHOUGH SHE’S ALWAYS RELISHED NATURE, IT WAS DURING
Sherry Koontz’s five years of active military duty as part
of the 45th Support Group that she first channeled that
desire into a skill.
THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF
ponds and large water features
among residential and commercial
markets translates into a high
profit margin for your business,
and are simpler to build than you
think. For this article, we will focus
on the mechanics and technique of
how to build a large water feature.